Only someone living in a cave or under a rock will not be able to observe the climate change happening now. We have unusual weather patterns where the winter season is colder and the summer season is hotter, not to mention that the seasons now overlap more than ever. As many will say, you can smell it in the air, see it on the ground and feel it in your bones.
So what is a gardener to do when gardening heavily depends on the climate? Well, let’s adapt to the changes, of course! This is what our forefathers did before us and we can certainly do it again.
Select Native Plants
With globalization, we have experienced non-native plants being cultivated in many areas of the world. In many ways, this is a good move considering that biodiversity is a desirable quality in our ecosystems.
The problem, however, begins when the non-native species begin to ruin the natural ecology of the area. This is possible when the new species carry new diseases to which the local plants have no prior immunity as well as when the non-native plants become invasive.
With that being the case, we should consider reverting to native plants. This way, you can bring back the natural ecosystem where the plants have been able to adapt to the local conditions. Plus, you need not worry about feeding water-hungry plants in an area known for being dry and vice-versa.
Rein in Your Lawn
In the first place, do you really need a lawn? Maybe not especially when you consider the negative impact lawns exert on the environment – the pesticides and fertilizers used on lawns can seep toxic chemicals into the soil while the lawnmowers emit noxious fumes into the air.
Instead, you should put your front yard to good use by planting fruits and vegetables in it. Not only will you be able to help the environment with organic gardening but you will also benefit in terms of good health from the organic foods and the exercise.
Mulch Like There Is No Tomorrow
And speaking of organic gardening, you should mulch as much as possible. This accomplishes two things: First, it lessens the trash thrown into the landfills as mulch comes from compost that, in turn, is made of kitchen and garden wastes. Second, mulch acts as protective barrier against water loss and pests, thus, lessening the need for water and toxic chemicals, respectively.
Help the Animals
It is not only the human species that will be affected by climate change. We must look after the animals of the Earth especially those involved in food production. We are talking of everything from little insects like bees and butterflies to big animals like cows and fishes.
While you are it, you should also make sure that you do your part in conserving the other animals of the world. We have hard choices to make and we have no better time than now to start making them.